8 Great Green Travel Apps for Your iPhone and iPad
Heading out of town, but don't want to give up your green habits just because you're on the road and away from your daily routine? Never fear, because as long as you've packed your iPhone or iPad, these eight apps can keep you living a sustainable, healthy, and Earth-friendly life wherever your travels may take you.
WorldMate: Go green before you even leave for the airport! Store all of your important itinerary information on WorldMate. Say goodbye to the days of printing out airline confirmations, hotel addresses and rental car agreements; WorldMate stores everything on one screen. It even displays your flight status, hotel maps, and airline 800-numbers. Best of all? It's free. (Free).
NotForTourists: Our favorite guidebook series is now on your iPhone. These guides ain't for your average traveler. They're written by locals, for locals. Which makes them perfect for tourists who want to avoid the usual hordes and sight-seeing circuit. Leave the books at home. ($1.99 for each city).
Green Travel Choice: Calculate the CO2 emissions for your trip based on various modes of transportation, and decide which one is the best option for you. There's also a logbook for tracking your CO2 emissions over time. ($1.99)
RezHub: This powerful app has a specific search function for green hotels. RezHub gives each hotel a "green score" based on how far the establishment has gone to green itself. RezHub covers everything from luxury rooms to budget hole-in-the-walls. Look for the "five branch" hotels—they're the greenest on RezHub. (Free)
Locavore: Want to enjoy local, seasonal and sustainable food while you're on the road? Locavore detects your location, finds nearby farmers markets, and tells you what's in season in the area you're visiting. You'll always know exactly what to buy. (Free)
FindGreen: Find sustainable and green businesses in a variety of industries. There are more than 56,000 businesses in every major U.S. market. Get turn-by-turn directions from your current location and see user reviews from green travelers who have already visited. (Free)
VegOut—Vegetarian Restaurant Guide: It bills itself as the world's largest international collection of vegetarian, vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. VegOut lets you find restaurants near your exact location, or you can set a custom location for future travel. Pinpointed results are displayed on an easy-to-read map. And, unlike other apps, VegOut is global. It's all powered by HappyCow.net. (2.99)
Urbanspoon: We know, we know—you've probably already got Urbanspoon on your device. So why are we mentioning it? Simply put, it's one of the best restaurant directories out there, and it's free. It doesn't specialize in organic dining, but it's got a category for that, so you can just search its already extensive listings. The one drawback? Not really an international app. (Free)